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Govt showing restraint towards sit-in protesters to avoid bloodshed: Ahsan

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal on Thursday said those demonstrating sit-in at Faizabad Interchange had political motives as they wanted to exploit the common men on the name of the Prophethood for the next general elections. "We are trying to hold dialogue with the protesters at all levels. The government is also taking measures to ease the movement of the residents of the twin cities," he said while talking to media in Islamabad. Ahsan Iqbal said the protesters wanted to replicate the Lal Masjid and Model Town…

On Easter, Pope denounces “oppressive regimes” but urges restraint

VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis denounced "oppressive regimes" in his Easter message on Sunday but in an apparent call for restraint urged world leaders to prevent the spread of conflicts, as tensions rose in North Korea and Syria. Francis, marking the fifth Easter season of his pontificate, said Mass before tens of thousands of people under exceptional security measures in St. Peter's Square following recent vehicle attacks against pedestrians in London and Stockholm. More police vans and army vehicles than usual were…

UN chief urges ‘restraint’ after US strike in Syria

UNITED NATIONS: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday urged restraint and the search for a political solution in Syria a day after the United States struck an air base in the country in retaliation for a chemical attack. "Mindful of the risk of escalation, I appeal for restraint to avoid any acts that could deepen the suffering of the Syrian people," he said in a statement. "There is no other way to solve the conflict than through a political solution." The UN-backed ceasefire task force on Syria will meet on…

Pakistan showing restraint despite Indian aggression: PM

LAHORE: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday stated that Pakistan’s restraint over Indian aggression should not be considered a sign of weakness at all, ARY News reported. Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs, Mr. Sartaj Aziz briefed the Prime Minister on the situation at LoC and the response of the government after the latest unprovoked Indian firing that led to the martyrdom of seven Pakistani soldiers, in the Bhimber area. While expressing profound grief and extending heartfelt condolences to the…